Where to go from here…

The dissertation is finished, bound, and handed-in. (Monitoring, measurement and evaluation – email me if you’d like to have a read.) The celebrations have taken place, as has the horrendous hangover. No matter how good the wine is I must remember too much will ALWAYS cause a headache.

Since the big hand-in a huge presentation has been completed, more celebrations have taken place and great results have been achieved. All in all everything is going swimmingly. In the next sixteen days all I have left to do is finish my global project (GlobCom) and sit an exam, and for some reason I don’t seem to be pulling my hair out. Bazaar. And just so you’re totally in the picture, all of this will no doubt be swiftly followed with some more celebrating, this time with the lecturers – @DavidGHPhillips@FelicityRead and Bern Wakefield (@CotswoldWalks).

Celebration time!!

My reason for telling you this is to justify why my blog has been so severely neglected in the last couple of months. Alas the pressure of university life is slowly easing off which means plenty more time for me to blog my heart out. You lucky things!

The countdown is now on and university life will be coming to an end in the coming weeks and the closer it gets the more anxious I become. Real life is just around the corner and I’ve come to realise I have been wishing my life away the past eight months, impatiently willing it all to end so I can get back to gaining experience, earning money, having a social life, seeing friends and basically living. What I didn’t realise is that as stressful as this final year has been, grey hairs and wrinkles included, it’s nothing compared to what I’ll be experiencing throughout my career in years to come. The penny finally dropped – uni life is a doddle, the best years of your life, it’s time to make the most of what’s left of it.

The end of May will bring tears of joy and sadness, in bucket loads. I’ll be moving home, back into my parents beautiful house where it’s never dirty and the fridge is always fully stocked and there’s a crazy dog who provides on demand entertainment 24/7. However all of this doesn’t come without a price, with a heavy heart I’ll be leaving behind some of the most wonderful people I have ever met. I make it sound as if we’ll never see each other again, but when you live like myself, @Laurenstoodley and @MeganWeavers do, not seeing each other every day is pretty much like losing a limb. Such bitter sweet moments lie ahead but I know there is a great summer waiting to begin.

So what do I have lined up for myself this summer… Sadly as a penniless student no lavish holidays are on the cards. My dreams of a return trip to New York or Los Angeles will have to wait. Despite not fleeing the country my summer will be far from boring, I will be volunteering at the 2012 London Olympics in the Press Office. That’s right, I, Laura O’Brien am a Games Maker.

London 2012 Games Makers

The shifts are not doubt going to be long, the work will be hard but the experience will be nothing short of incredible, I cannot wait to be part of the team that’s making the 2012 Olympics possible. Sitting in Wembley Area at the first orientation meeting really made the enormity of the project come to life and my media training has prepared me for the what might happen moments. I’m really to roll my selves up and gain some invaluable experience.

Post-Olympic press office success real life will no doubt have to start. Where this is starting I’m yet to figure out…